Chemical formula CuSo45H2O
EC NUMBER – 231-847-6
CAS NUMBER – 7758-98-8
Copper sulphate is a very versatile chemical with as extensive a range of uses in industry as it has in agriculture. It is generally used as insecticide in agriculture & wood industry.
Up to a generation or so ago about its only uses in industry were as a mordant for dyeing and for electroplating, but today it is being used in many industrial processes. The synthetic fibre industry employs it in the production of their raw material. The metal industry uses large quantities of copper sulphate as an electrolyte in copper refining, for copper coating steel wire prior to wire drawing and in various copper plating processes. The mining industry has found its application as an activator in the concentration by froth flotation of lead, zinc, cobalt and gold ores. The printing trade takes it as an electrolyte in the production of electrotype and as an etching agent for process engraving. The paint industry uses it in anti-fouling paints and it plays a part in the colouring of glass. These are just some of the examples of usages of copper sulphate. Today there is hardly an industry that does not have some small use for this man-made chemical..